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Posted 16 October 2017 - 05:52 AM

It's not like he wouldn't be screwing up on things like Puerto Rico if he were paying attention...

So, yeah, let him golf 75% of the time and we'd be even better off.
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Posted 17 October 2017 - 12:12 PM

The Trump administration is desperately trying to hide what was going on in all those private email accounts.

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White House legislative director Marc Short declined to tell House investigators whether some of President Donald Trump’s top aides used private emails for official business, despite multiple reports to the contrary, Politico reported Monday.

Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the chair and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, respectively, sent a bipartisan letter to the White House in September requesting the names of aides who had used private emails accounts for White House business.

Cummings and Gowdy also asked for the “the individual, cellular number and account used” by any White House officials who communicated using “text-messages, phone-based message applications, or encryption software to conduct official business,” according to the letter obtained by Politico.

Short refused to even touch the issue of private email accounts. He said staffers “endeavor to comply with all relevant laws” and said the White House “consults” with the National Archives to make sure it is in compliance with the Presidential Records Act.

He repeated a previous claim that “no senior officials” have multiple emails accounts and said the White House hasn’t made any changes to how it’s required to archive presidential records since January.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 01:41 PM

“endeavor to comply with all relevant laws”

Since when is trying to comply with laws a defense to anything? You either do or don't, right? Isn't that what they said about Clinton's private server?

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 10:29 AM

The Trump administration continues to try to hide just how large they've been livin' on taxpayer dollars. Trey Gowdy seems to be trying to at least appear like he has a shred of decency left after his Clinton "investigation" charade but that ship sailed long ago.

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In a Tuesday letter, House Oversight Committee Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) threatened to subpoena the Department of Justice and the Department of Agriculture for the agencies’ air travel records.

The committee leaders wrote in a letter obtained by Politico that the DOJ and USDA had failed to comply with their request for agency officials’ air travel records. The committee asked for the documents to be turned over by Oct. 10, and Gowdy and Cummings said they will issue subpoenas to the two agencies if they do not comply by the end of October.

Gowdy and Cummings asked all federal agencies and the White House to turn over air travel records for their staff following reports that several Cabinet leaders used non-commercial airplanes for official travel. Tom Price resigned as Health and Human Services secretary after Politico revealed that he spent about $1 million of taxpayer money on charter and government planes. Several other Cabinet leaders have also come under scrutiny for their travel habits, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Of the 24 agencies contacted by the committee, only ten were completely compliant with the request. The committee sent letters to 12 agencies and the White House, noting that they did not fully comply with the records request and asking that they provide the additional documents by the end of the month, per Politico. However, Gowdy and Cummings did not threaten a subpoena in those letters.

The committee also sent an additional request to all agencies for information on the travel options during the last few months of the Obama administration.

“This additional request is necessary to assess the frequency and nature of this issue to help determine whether new policies or regulations need to be enacted or perhaps to even change the nature of appropriations to your department,” they wrote in the letters.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 02:30 PM

The Trump administration, incompetent at all things great and small.

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n an awkward tweet from the White House Twitter account touting their tax plan Wednesday, it appears they used a photo of the black and white portuguese water dog known as Bo Obama.

“A streamlined tax code saves Americans time & money. The Unified Framework for Tax Reform promises to simplify. More,” the now deleted tweet said before a link to the plan. The photo used on the link was the photo of the dog, who belongs to the previous First Family.

“‘Hi. I’m Bo the Dog. I think tax cuts for the top 1 [percent] would be ruff on the middle class. Your tax plan is shih-tzu.’ Be here all week,” quipped Cody Keenan, former speechwriter for President Barack Obama’s administration.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:42 PM

Billionaire Steyer Launches Ad Campaign Urging Trump Impeachment

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California billionaire Tom Steyer announced Friday that he will dump at least $10 million into a national television advertising campaign calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

In the ad, Steyer argues Trump should be ousted from office because he has edged the country toward nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI and threatened to shut down news organizations he does not like. He urges viewers to call their members of Congress and tell them to bring articles of impeachment.

Here’s the link: http://sanfrancisco....ign-tom-steyer/

I imagine this should cause quite a stir with the Trump’s base.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 11:42 PM

View PostGray Area, on 20 October 2017 - 05:42 PM, said:

Billionaire Steyer Launches Ad Campaign Urging Trump Impeachment



Here’s the link: http://sanfrancisco....ign-tom-steyer/

I imagine this should cause quite a stir with the Trump’s base.
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Posted 21 October 2017 - 07:41 AM

View PostJ-CA, on 20 October 2017 - 11:42 PM, said:

Billionaires do love to waste money!

Really. This is not only pointless, it's actually counterproductive - an easy win for the "bad guys". Idiot.
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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:32 AM

I've read some decent studies lately that contend all the money put into political races and political advertising in print and media is largely wasted. Of course, for me that indicates a confirmation bias because I already thought that.

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 10:07 AM

The Koch bros have a pretty bad track record for money spent to influence elections.
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Posted 21 October 2017 - 10:37 AM

View PostAnBr, on 21 October 2017 - 10:07 AM, said:

The Koch bros have a pretty bad track record for money spent to influence elections.

Okay but who's running everything right now, and how do their views/policies match what the Koch brothers want?
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Posted 21 October 2017 - 12:18 PM

View Postcmk, on 21 October 2017 - 10:37 AM, said:

Okay but who's running everything right now, and how do their views/policies match what the Koch brothers want?

In other words, the Koch brothers may know that the money isn't effective in winning races, but the politicians don't -- and therefore the money is effective in buying policy.
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Posted 21 October 2017 - 12:25 PM

View Postcmk, on 21 October 2017 - 10:37 AM, said:

Okay but who's running everything right now, and how do their views/policies match what the Koch brothers want?
The lesson here being to buy the politicians, not the air time.
The Republican's real secret has been creating a whole ecosystem of dishonesty and patronage for politicians and all of their enablers (from the pundits to the think-tankers).
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Sykes also takes the premise that the mainstream media is hopelessly biased against conservatives and Republicans as so manifest, he hardly bothers to demonstrate it. He holds up as evidence of bias truth-ratings from the fact-checking site Politifact, noting incredulously that Republicans were deemed to have spoken untruths at a higher rate than Democrats, even before Trump came along. Sykes can imagine no explanation for this other than bias.
But what about the possibility that Republicans say more untrue things because they have a friendly media ecosystem that allows them to do so? In their daily lives, Democratic politicians may not have more honest character than their Republican counterparts. But Democrats know that if they utter blatant falsehoods, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, and so on are likely to call them out on it, and their own supporters (who draw from those outlets for news) will think less of them. Republicans have no such constraint. The GOP voting base, as Sykes has noted, relies almost entirely on conservative media, which do not even attempt to follow the principle of journalistic objectivity.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 01:16 PM

People are getting immune to the endless tv ads or at least they say they are. That's where a lot of money goes. But I think the ads are wallpaper that people say they don't notice but nonetheless perceive as background information that sets them up to be receptive to messages from the various media/pundits/talking heads. There's plenty of money setting up those things.

The Russian attempts to influence social media and the elections is starting to reveal how influence is disseminated. People take in information in a lot of ways, many of which they don't realize.

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 07:52 PM

J-CA, brilliant quote. Thanks. Bothsidesdoititis. CNN, NYT being the worst enablers.
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Posted 23 October 2017 - 12:05 PM

Betsy DeVos follows her master's orders by helping screw over disabled students. Nice.

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The Department of Education on Oct. 2 rescinded 72 policy guidance documents related to students with disabilities, some decades old, saying they were “outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective.”

The Washington Post reported on the rescinded guidance documents on Saturday, noting that the Education Department’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services had published a list of the 72 guidelines the previous day.

The Post reported the change was part of President Donald Trump’s charge to executive agencies in February “to lower regulatory burdens on the American people by implementing and enforcing regulatory reform.”

The documents clarified students’ rights under two laws, according to the Post: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

Disability Scoop reported that such guidance documents are “typically used by the Education Department to clarify how existing laws or regulations should be implemented in schools.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer





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